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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

At a Glance
Uppers

“Work-life balance”

“Quality of work ”

“The people are fantastic”

Downers

“Paid slightly under market”

“Some work-flow uncertainty”

“Little transparency”

About Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 175 lawyers in Boston, London, New York, and Washington, DC, the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. Many of the firm’s client relationships span more than 30 years across multiple generations. 

From Israeli Tech to Blockchain Energy

Sullivan & Worcester was founded in Boston in 1941 by two well-respected legal minds, Judge Sullivan and John Worcester (pronounced Wooster). The firm has three additional outposts: one in New York, which was opened in 1983 to better serve banking, real estate, and corporate finance clients; another in Washington, DC, where the firm's environmental & natural resources and mutual funds groups are anchored; and an office in London which opened in 2013 and focuses on trade finance. In 2001, the firm entered into a rare joint venture with Israeli law firm Zysman Aharoni Gayer & Co. to take advantage of legal opportunities presented by Israel's high-tech boom (as well as the more modest profits of the Kibbutz industry).

Over the last decade, Sullivan & Worcester has been involved in high-stakes litigation, including cases related to the Bernie Madoff investment scandal. Recognized for its work in the growing area of fintech & blockchain, the firm represents more than 100 blockchain clients (and, notably, partner Joel Telpner was named one of the Top 10 Fintech attorneys in America by Chambers and Partners). The firm has also helped facilitate a significant amount of international investment work for business interests in Ireland, the UK, China, Canada, India, and Italy interested in putting some of their green to work in the U.S. market. Sullivan's work closer to home has turned heads as well—the firm houses one of the largest tax departments in New England. By equity market capitalization, the firm represents approximately 10 percent of the public REIT market.

Despite its continued growth, the firm has no plans to take part in the "merger mania" affecting some mid-size and large firms. According to news reports, the firm plans to continue growing existing offices and possibly open new offices in high-demand areas. So far, clients are happy with S&W's relatively smaller size, and the firm hasn't had any problems recruiting BigLaw talent to its ranks.

Pro Bono Pros

S&W has also made its mark on its community. More than 40 years ago, the firm helped to create a nonprofit called College Bound Dorchester, Inc., which offers students the support they need to pursue college. The firm continues to help the organization, offering counsel on a range of areas including tax, litigation, real estate, general corporate, financing, and employment and benefits. For decades, the firm has provided legal assistance to the Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS)—which is located in the Charles C. Cabot, Jr. Building, named for a late partner of the firm—and its related foundation. Recently S&W lawyers have dedicated pro bono hours to the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (“GLAD”), a legal rights organization in New England that is committed to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. The firm served as tax counsel for GLAD in its filing of the first concerted, multi-plaintiff legal challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Why Work Here

See what your career looks like at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 338-2800

Stats

Employer Type: Private
Chairman and Managing Partner: Joel R. Carpenter
Recruiting Chair: Amy E. Sheridan

Total No. Attorneys 2019: 175

Base Salary

1st year: $170,000
2nd year:  $180,000
Summer associate: $3,270/week

Summer Associate Offers

4 out of 4 (2Ls only) (2018)

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (HQ)
New York, NY
Washington, DC I London
Tel-Aviv

Major Departments & Practices

Art & Museum Law
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Broker-Dealer Regulation
Capital Markets
Corporate
Crowdfunding
Employment & Benefits
Environment & Natural Resources
Family Business
Financial Services
Finance
Government Contracts & Grants
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
Hotels & Hospitality
Intellectual Property
International
International Tax
Investment Management
Life Sciences
Litigation
Media, Entertainment & Publishing
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mutual Funds
Private Investment Funds
Privacy & Data Security
Private Equity
Real Estate
REITs
Securities
Tax
Technology
Trade & Export Finance
Trusts & Estates
Venture Capital